TURKEY MEAT HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Posted in LEAN MEAT HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Health Benefits

·        Turkey is a rich source of protein.

·        Skinless turkey is low in fat. White meat is lower in kilojoules and has less fat than the dark meat. A typical turkey consists of 70 per cent white meat and 30 per cent dark meat.

·        Turkey meat is a source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.

·        It is also a source of vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for the body's energy production.

·        Regular turkey consumption can help lower cholesterol levels. The meat is low-GI and can help keep insulin levels stable.

·        Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system.

·        It is also a source of selenium, which is essential for thyroid hormone metabolism. It also boosts immunity and acts as an antioxidant.

·        Turkey can be high in sodium.

·        Some meat, particularly prepackaged slices, can be processed and contain other substances.

·        Turkey skin is high in fat.

·        Research suggests large amounts of tryptophan can make you sleepy.

·        If you can, buy organic. Turkeys raised organically will have been treated humanely and are less likely to contain pesticides and herbicides.

·        Look for meat that is supple.

·        A turkey roast is cooked properly when it is piping hot all the way through.

·        Turkey dries out quickly, so don't overcook it.

·        If marinating turkey meat, put it in the fridge straight after you've finished, as it is highly sensitive to heat.

·        Store turkey separate from any gravy, stuffing or raw food.

·        Refrigerated turkey will keep for about one or two days. If it is already cooked, it will keep for about four days.

Nutrition value

Serving size: 100g

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

% RDA

Energy

187  kcal 

 

Carbohydrates

0 gm

0%

Protein

28.6gm

57%

Total fat

7.2 g

11%

Cholesterol

85 mg

28  %

Dietary fiber

0g

0%

VITAMINS

Vitamin A

0.0IU

0%

Vitamin C

0.0mg

0%

Vitamin D

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Vitamin E

0.6mg

3%

Vitamin K

3.9mcg

5%

Thiamin

0.1mg

4%

Riboflavin

0.2mg

15%

Niacin

3.6mg

18%

Vitamin B

60.4mg

18%

Folate

9.0mcg

2%

Vitamin B12

0.4mcg

6%

Pantothenic Acid

1.3mg

13%

Choline

78.5mg

 

Betaine

10.1mg

 

MINERALS

Calcium

32.0mg

3%

Iron

2.3mg

13%

Magnesium

24.0mg

6%

Phosphorus

204mg

20%

Potassium

290mg

8%

Sodium

79.0mg

3%

Zinc

4.5mg

30%

Copper

0.2mg

8%

Manganese

0.0mg 

1%

Selenium

40.9mcg

58%

Fluoride

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